Taking full advantage of its digital distribution rights, Fox will live stream all Major League Baseball postseason games airing on Fox and Fox Sports 1 on Fox Sports GO, its authenticated TV Everywhere app and website.
Fox’s live streaming coverage – to be available on the app in Spanish through Fox Deportes -- will include the National League Division Series, National League Championship Series, and the World Series.
Among the initial games on Fox Sports GO’s are this Friday’s matchups (October 3) between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals, and the St. Louis Cardinals at the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Saturday’s game (October 4) between the Giants and the Nationals. The app will also feature more than 60 hours of pre-, between-game and post game coverage through the postseason.
Fox said this will be the first season in which MLB’s media partners have the rights to stream postseason games.
Notably, MLB.TV subscribers in the U.S. and Canada will also will also have access to blackout-free, live streaming of all World Series and select postseason games (including tonight’s games between the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles; and the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels), so long as those customers complete a one-time authentication with a participating TV provider.
Currently, six of the ten largest U.S. MVPDs have the TVE rights for Fox Sports GO – Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications, Cablevision Systems, and Bright House. Others on that list include Astound, Buckeye CableSystem, Cable One, CenturyLink, GCI, Mediacom Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Service Electric Cable TV, Suddenlink Communications, and WideOpenWest.
Some major U.S. MVPDs that are presently absent from that list are DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon Communications, and Charter Communications.
Fox Sports GO is available on the Web (www.foxsportsgo.com) and on iOS and Android devices, as well as Amazon Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phones.
Fox Sports’ live streaming coverage of January’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks drew an average audience of 528,000 viewers per minute. Using the Super Bowl as a coming out party of sorts for its new app, Fox offered free coverage of the big game on iPads and on Web browsers (Verizon Wireless had exclusive rights to live-stream the game on smartphones).